|k '. t>lM- i. V»' f 4 i' •» , i I- i 2 SUNDAY. MAY 4, 1997 CENTRAL KANSAS TOURISM f HE SALIIslXj6i3Nf4AL Many tourist activities are available within a short drive in central Kansas By DAVID CLOUSTON The Saltna Journal I t may sound cliched, but living in or near Salina, there really is a lot to do "right in our own backyard." Take day trips. If you're a history buff or a nature lover or someone in between, there are attractions aplenty within short to moderate driving distance that should make some special family memories this summer. A by-no-means-exhaustive list of things to see in the region might include the following: The Eisenhower Center in Abilene, Lindsborg Swedish shops, Hutchinson Cosmosphere & Space Center, Maxwell Game Preserve and The Garden of Eden. What follows is some information about these and other attractions and a bit of description to help get you out exploring Kansas this summer. ' Abilene — America's 34th president and World War II hero is honored at the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, home to a presidential library, museum, gift shop, boyhood home and final resting place of Ike and Mamie. A favorite place for snapshots is in front of the bronze statue of. Ike in the commons area between the library and the museum. The complex is open 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., seven days a week, and from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the summer. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Museum fees: Under 16, free. $3 for patrons up to age 62, $2.50 for those age 62 and over. For more information, call the center at 913-263-4751. While in the city, also check out: The Great Plains Theatre, 300 N. Mulberry 913-263-4574; The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad and Excursion Train, South Fifth and Buckeye 913-263-1077; and The Greyhound Hall of Fame, 407 S. Buckeye 913-263-3000. • Lindsborg— "Little Sweden U.S.A." is the nickname given this community south of Salina, where in 1868, a group of Swedish immigrants made a new home in the valley of the Smoky Hill River. Swedish crafts, art and food are all a part of the shopping and dining experience. While in town, check out the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery. The gallery is home to this Swedish-American painter's colorful oil paintings and draw- Salina "-'*•'-"" '•• !"• , ' »\ - * "i-f '> *" i—" • * LI%"!.<'"" W/Vc- • J LUCAS I'-,:/ ^•' Pay Trip Attractions ABILENE Eisenhower Center, Great Plains Theatre, The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad and Excursion Train and the Greyhound Hall of Fame LINDSBORG Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, McPherson County Old Mill Museum, numerous shops, galleries and restaurants with Swedish themes CANTON Maxwell Game Preserve HUTCHINSON Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Kansas State Fair LUCAS The Garden of Eden, Grassroots Art Center GREAT BEND Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge, Quivira Wildlife National Refuge ings. Traveling exhibits are also a highlight. • Canton — The Maxwell Game Preserve, six miles north of Canton in McPherson County, is home to a herd of bison and elk. Public tours of the herd are available on weekends. In the spring, the area is a great place for viewing wild- 5 7 8 9 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 flowers. Nearby McPherson State Lake provides fishing and camping opportunities. For more information'call 316-6284455. • Hutchinson — Have a blast at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center in Hutchinson. Here you can see one of the largest collections of space memorabilia in the world. A $13 million renovation includes a full-scale replica of a space shuttle, and an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane — the world's fastest plane and one of only 29 in the world. The original Apollo 13 space capsule is also on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is adults, $5, senior citizens 60 and over, $4.50, children 12 and under, $3; under 3, free. • Lucas — There is no place in Kansas quite like The Garden of Eden. The Garden is a collection of folk art concrete statues built by Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor surrounding his cabin. Dinsmoor lies in a glass coffin in a mausoleum built on the grounds. For more information call 913-525-6395, or 913-5256288. Admission is $3.18 each for a group of 10 or more, $4.24 for individual adults. Kids under 12 free, $1 each 12 and up. The Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. While in the area, have a picnic or a swim at nearby Wilson Lake. Also take in Kansas Originals art and craft market at the junction of Interstate 70 and K-232 North. • Great Bend — Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge, and nearby Quivira Wildlife National Refuge, near Stafford, are two important shorebird migration stops and a great place to view nature. Species commonly seen are whooping cranes, peregrine falcons, eagles and pelicans. For more information, call 316-7937730 for Cheyenne Bottoms or 316-4862393, for Quivira Refuge. KANSAS COSMOSPHERE SALINA TOURISM BED & BREAKFASTS KANSAS EVINTS GREAT PLAINS THEATRE ROLLING HILLS RANCH BRANSON, MO. STERNBERG MUSEUM COUTTS MUSEUM McLOUTHROCK CHOCOLATE SHOP GAMBLING NATIONAL PARKS NATIONAL PARKS LINDSBORG VIRGINIA BEAPH,VA. SILO MURALS SPQRT4JTIUTY VIHIOI8 WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ Call Horteon Tours Triples/Quads are less on most trips. Don't forget to GoldtnEafk* Fort Randall give us a call about Deadwood, South Dakota in August. Call Pat or Peggy to assist you with reservations. Coll HORIZON Ho on Mours The Dane G. Hansen Museum is part of the Hansen Plaza, a 10,000 square foot multi-purpose building encompassing a city block. The Hansen Museum was conceived for the purpose of giving Logan and all of Northwest Kansas new cultural and social opportunities. The museum's main feature is traveling exhibits, most of which come from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Permanent displays consist of American and foreign coins, an outstanding exhibit of guns, Oriental Art and Hansen family memorabilia. The Dane G. Hansen Museum has had more Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits than any other museum in the United States. UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE DANE G. HANSEN MUSEUM 1997 Curondy-June 1 EARTH 2U, EXPLORING GEOGRAPHY (SITES) May9-June 19 TELLING TALES: Children's Book Illustrations (Exhibits USA) June 20-July 13 SILVER WINGS, SILVER RAILS: Historic Aviation & Railroad Art of Kansas (Mike Boss) Juh-B-Aug.31 JOSH SIMPSON-Ncw Works, New World (Smith Kramer) U Sept5-Nov.9 ULTRA REALISTIC SCULPTURE by Mark Sijan (Smith Kramer) NO ADMISSION CHARGE Museum Hours: Monday through Friday 9-12,1-4p.m., Saturday 9-12,1-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Holidays 1-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year s Day Nov. 14-Jan.4.98 PREHISTORIC FARMERS OF NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS (Museum of Anthropology KU) August 31 2 1st ANNUAL LABOR DAY CELEBRATION: Car show, volleyball, Kids games, food, live music, clown/juggler, LARGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY. FREE TO THE PUBLIC Sep«oub«20 24th ANNUAL HANSEN ARTS fc CRAFTS FAIR: 100 exhibitors, food booths, clowns, live musical entertainment. All held on the beautiful lawn of the Hansen Plaza. .........
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